Following the launches of the Google Pixel Fold, the latest Samsung foldable phones, the Galaxy Z Fold5 and Z Flip5, and with the OnePlus foldable on its way, Honor is going to shake up the foldable smartphone market with the global launch of its highly anticipated Magic V2 at IFA 2023 on September 1st. The Magic V2 has already made its debut in China on July 12, 2023, garnering attention for being touted as the world’s thinnest and lightest foldable smartphone, boasting impressive specifications and innovative features.

The successor of the Honor Magic Vs., launched at MWC last February, the Magic V2‘s standout feature is its sleek design, setting it apart as a large book-style foldable akin to the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5 and Google Pixel Fold. However, it surpasses both its competitors in terms of thickness, measuring only 4.7 mm when unfolded and a mere 9.9 mm when folded. Additionally, it weighs only 231g, making it lighter than its rivals.

Similarly to its Samsung nemesis, the Galaxy Z Fold 5, the Magic V2 is powered by the powerful Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 processor, Qualcomm’s current flagship SoC. The device boasts a large 7.92-inch inner foldable display and a 6.43-inch cover display, offering users an immersive experience when unfolded and convenient access to quick tasks when the device is folded.

The phone’s sleek profile and lightweight build are achieved through ‘proprietary steel’ and a titanium hinge. However, unlike its best competitors, we deplore the absence of an official IP rating, indicating it may not be water-resistant.

In China, the Honor Magic V2 is available in various colors, including Silk Black, Black, Silk Purple, and Gold shades, with some models featuring a glass back and others using eco-leather. We expect the phone to be sold in selected European markets,  but it remains to be seen whether the same color options will be offered globally.

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